Diocese of Keewatin fonds.  — 1846-2014.
50 m textual records and other material.

Administrative History

The Diocese of Keewatin was formed in 1902.  It ceased to exist as of July 31, 2014 after the creation of the Indigenous Spiritual Ministry of Mishamikoweesh.  The See City was Kenora, Ontario.  The territory of the diocese included north western Ontario and Eastern Manitoba.  Some parishes in the southern Ontario region were transferred to the Diocese of Rupert’s Land.

The Diocese of Keewatin had nine diocesan bishops: Joseph Lofthouse (1902-1920), Alfred Daniel Alexander Dewdney (1921-1938), Joseph Lofthouse (1938-1953), Harry Ernest Hives (1954-1969), Hugh Vernon Stiff (1969-1974), Hugh James Pearson Allan (1974-1991), Thomas William Ralph Collings (1991-1996), Gordon Walter Beardy (1996-2001), David Norman Ashdown (2002-2014) and two suffragan bishops: Gordon Walter Beardy (1993-1996) and Lydia Mamakwa (2010-2014).  Lydia Mamakwa became the Bishop of Indigenous Spiritual Ministry of Mishamikoweesh in 2014.

Scope and Content

Diocese of Keewatin fonds consists of records created or accumulated by church members, bishops, clergy and staff of the Diocese of the Keewatin.  The records cover contemporary and missionary work in north western Ontario and Eastern Manitoba and include missions that were originally administered by the Diocese of Rupert’s Land.

The Diocesan records are arranged in series which include bishops records, synod records, canon law records, financial records, sound recordings, graphic records, photographs, printed material, and collected material from various ministries. The records include clergy files and pension records, property and insurance records, financial reports and ledgers, parish histories, diocesan newspapers, etc.

Parish records include parish registers, financial information, architectural records, correspondence, and parish histories.


Title based on contents of fonds.

Fonds consists of 44. 55 m of textual records, over 4.74 m. of photographs.

Material deposited by the Diocese of Keewatin August 2014.

Fonds arranged into Diocesan administration records and Parish records.


Microfilm available of Keewatin Synod Journals (1905-1975) and Moosonee and Keewatin Mailbag (1897-1920).

GSA owns original copies of the Diocese of Keewatin Synod Journals and the Moosonee and Keewatin Mailbag

Restrictions to Access

Some restrictions apply. Check finding aids for closed files.

Finding Aids

Files lists and inventories available.

Reel lists available for microfilm accessions.


Further accruals are expected.


Anglican Church of Canada. General Synod Archives

Corporate Names

Anglican Church of Canada. Diocese of Keewatin.
Indigenous Spiritual Ministry of Mishamikoweesh.

Accession numbers

M2014-10; M2014-11, P2014-05; P2014-09